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LETTERS: Keep the Ball Rolling (KBR) 2014 was a huge success

To the editor: Baker High School seniors and their guests attended Keep the Ball Rolling (KBR), the all-night alcohol/drug-free celebration which took place immediately following Baker High School’s senior ball on Saturday, May 31.

Letters: No evidence of illegal meeting

To the editor: At the June 9 Lysander Town Board meeting, Councilor [Melinda] Shimer asked for an update on my investigation of an illegal meeting that allegedly took place several weeks prior. I want to say that I did not observe Councilor Shimer after reviewing the security footage on the camera angles that were provided to me.

LETTER: No new gas tax

To the editor: Recently, Dan Maffei released another one of his studies full of pre-election goodies, this time detailing 15 pages of new spending on local infrastructure. I support investing in the maintenance and upgrade of our transportation systems and public infrastructure — it’s vital to our quality of life and our economy.

From the mayor: Preserving our future

There are many exciting new initiatives taking shape this year. This is not an accident, but part of a conscious effort to choose a constructive, sustainable path for our community. In 2011, the village of Cazenovia celebrated its 200th anniversary, an inspiring legacy of history and continuity. Yet community leaders simultaneously face major challenges related to infrastructure, demographics and revenue. Meeting those challenges will require vision, teamwork and shared commitment to forging a path that connects our heritage to our future.

LETTER: Thanks to those who helped with After the Ball party

To the editor: On June 1, from midnight to 3:30 a.m., more than 300 Cicero-North Syracuse students attended the After the Ball Party at C-NS High School. This event provided our students with entertainment, refreshments and the opportunity to win numerous valuable prizes, including a car generously donated for the 25th year by Burdick Toyota. If it weren’t for the many amazing businesses, organizations and individuals who provided donations, this event designed to keep our kids safe on ball night would not be possible.

LETTER: Thanks for participation in Strawberry Social

To the editor: The 29th annual Strawberry Social sponsored by the Friends of Northern Onondaga Public Library at Cicero was held on June 5. We wish to thank everyone who helped make the evening a real success. A special thank you to the following Cicero businesses: Wegmans, Target, Wal-Mart, Price Chopper, Byrne Dairy, Thee Diner, Sprinkles Ice Cream and Spera’s Country Market for their generous donations. Another thank you to the Cicero Town Parks and Recreation Department for their time and effort on behalf of the library.

Chicken gives new twist to Nicholini sausage

For decades, savvy shoppers have flocked to Nichols’ Supermarket at 327 First St., in Liverpool for its wide variety of quality meats. Well, that variety grew a bit wider last week, as the Meat Department proudly unveiled three new chicken sausage products. Not pork. Not turkey. Not country ham. Chicken!

Library Focus: Summer storytimes begin June 30

School’s out for summer, but don’t panic! We have lots of things to keep the kids busy and more than a few things for the rest of us.

The Adventures of Frankie

Chapter 9: Batter up

“Dad, can you take me to the batting cage?” “Again? Frankie, that’s the third time this week.” “Yeah, I know, but next week we start softball in gym class. I gotta be ready!”

Political truth in advertising

It’s time again for the ubiquitous political attack ads. We will hear the old saw, “Attack ads work!” That may be true, but consider, if you will, doesn’t the electorate deserve better?

LETTER: No bench at East Syracuse Veteran’s Park?

To the editor: I am a Vietnam veteran. When I am in East Syracuse, I almost always stop at the war monument. For me, it’s time to reflect and I have met many other veterans there who served in Vietnam and Korea. But I’m wondering, why is there no bench there anymore? Even a wooden bench, like the ones around the village would be nice.

LETTER: Make tax office aware of property changes

To the editor: Are you a new property owner? Did you purchase your property in the last few months? Have you paid off your mortgage recently? Have you had a change in your name? Your tax office needs to hear from you so that we can get your taxes to you.

LETTER: Tell your senator to support expanding spay/neuter

We have some good news to share. Last week, the New York General Assembly passed AB 9487 to allow the state spay/neuter fund to include Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) efforts. Now the bill must pass the senate before it becomes a law. Please ask your state senator to support community cats.

Brewerton’s riverfront to be unveiled

To the editor: I am pleased to announce we are having a celebration for the long-awaited Riverfront Park Improvements Project in Brewerton.

LETTER: Relay for Life co-chairs thank community

To the editor and the F-M community: As the co-chairs of this year’s F-M Community Relay for Life, we wanted to take a moment to thank you for so generously supporting us and the American Cancer Society in our first year of our Relay. We began this undertaking in October of 2013 when our students decided to bring Relay back to our community. With a small but dedicated group, we were able to plan a 12-hour walk, schedule a carnival, find bands to play, and, in total, see more than 1,000 people attend in one way or another to support raising funds for cancer research and prevention.